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Haut Batailley 2014

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2014Haut Batailley NewBT1 \ 012340.001292 NM1237.77777733333392.0092.00Haut Batailley0.7510
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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Haut-Batailley has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, mint and graphite. It is not powerful or showy, much more linear and actually quite discrete. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp blackberry and boysenberry fruit, graphite and cedar, very focused and nicely structured although it clearly requires several years to unfurl. But it conveys energy right on the finish that bodes well for the future. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2040

Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

Very aromatic with cassis and stone character that follows through to a medium to full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Fine texture. Try in 2022.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

Tasted blind. Pale rim. Thick and a little heavy and slightly rustic in terms of tannin quality. Solid representation of Pauillac but not the most exciting one. Good fruit density. I may be under scoring this. Long…
Drink 2025-2038

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018

Somewhat overshadowed by the same owner's Grand Puy Lacoste, this property always produces classic Pauillac at a reasonable price. 33hl/ha in 2014. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 60% new oak. Medium-deep purple colour. Plums, camphor, and incense on the nose. The palate is fresh with cool, pure Cabernet fruit giving black cherry, cedar and blackcurrant. There is a herbal, spicy character with wood smoke complementing the black fruit core. There in excellent freshness from the acidity and the tannins are ripe and very smooth to leave no hard edges.

Farr Vintners, March 2015

Solidly built, with a core of cassis, plum and anise that builds nicely, backed by brambly grip and a well-buried iron note. The finish is a bit rugged, but the fruit and minerality pump throughout in unison. Should round into form with cellaring. Best from 2019 through 2029. 6,250 cases made.

James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

Perfumed fragrant fresh the nose has a mix of fruits the start of the palate bright and quite light. Cassis and black cherry give more depth in the middle ripe tannins adding to the sweetness and although quite fleshy at the back the finish is long and bright. 2025-36

Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Made by the same winemaking team as Grand-Puy-Lacoste, this is produced on sandier soils and is generally lighter in style. Elegant and forward, with plenty of perfume, bright acidity and medium weight tannins, it's a fresh, refined Pauillac that gets weightier in the glass.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015
Decanter Magazine, April 2015
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The Château Haut-Batailley 2014 is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot picked between 25 September and 9 October at 33hl/ha. The nose seems to revel in that Cabernet Sauvignon: sensual black fruit on the nose mixed with minerals and incense aromas. It offers knockout precision. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin that are enveloped in pure black cherry fruit mixed with blueberry and even hints of orange rind. There is already plenty of energy coiled up in this Haut-Batailley – a splendid Pauillac in the making. Drink: 2019-2032.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (218), April 2015

A young wine with presence and finesse showing firm tannins, a medium to full body and a persistent finish. Fine texture.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015

Lots of energy here. Intense purple fruit, and lots of richness. Spicy fruit. Lots of richness and life. Very glossy and fills the palate. Very racy - like a racehorse. No excess of acid or dry tannins. Very neat and charming. Great clarity of purpose. Drink 2022-2034

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015
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